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Welborn Baptist Foundation Matching $150K in Donations to Evansville COVID Fund

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region said Friday that the Welborn Baptist Foundation was matching $150,000 in donations received by the fund.

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 10:16 AM

The Welborn Baptist Foundation is matching $150,000 in donations made to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, officials with the crisis response fund said Friday.

This allows for every dollar donated to the Crisis Response Fund to be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000.

In 2020, the Welborn Baptist Foundation supported the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund by donating $300,000, which helped launch the fund.

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region has awarded $2.6 million to 108  non-profit organizations that address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic to date. 

Related: 8 More Evansville-Area Nonprofits Receive COVID-19 Relief Funds

Now, the fund's positive impact on those local non-profit organizations has urged Welborn Baptist Foundation to support the fund again by making the donation match.

“Our hope was that those 'first in dollars' would catalyze broader support and awareness of the fund’s purposes and potential impact," said Pat Creech, Welborn Baptist Foundation Executive Director. "We hope our matching grant will again catalyze broader and confident giving to meet the $6,000,000 goal."

Currently, over $5.6 million has been donated toward the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region's $6 million goal.

To donate, visit or text the phrase "dowhatyoucan" to 41-444. Contributions may also be mailed to: United Way of Southwestern Indiana, 318 Main Street, Suite 504, Evansville, IN 47708.

Checks will also be accepted at all Old National Bank and Heritage Federal Credit Union branches. Checks should be made payable to United Way of Southwestern Indiana and all donations should reference “COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region (or GERF)” in the memo.

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